The Millions Interview

October 31, 2011

A Love of Books: An Independent Bookseller is Born 8

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“All along I said I wanted a community-focused bookstore, and that has really come to fruition so much sooner than I’d expected. I think the bonds with the community are going to just get stronger the longer we’re here.”

October 20, 2011

Robert Birnbaum in Conversation with John Sayles 7

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“For a filmmaker to have made 17 movies in 35 years is pretty good. And most of them — we don’t always have enough money to do them justice, but most of them, there was no fighting a rear guard action against a studio to change things or tell you who to cast or whatever, so I have been really lucky.”

October 4, 2011

“Horrible things happen everywhere”: The Millions Interview with Craig Thompson 5

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“There’s a very offensive Islamophobia that happens in the media. But then there’s also this overly-PC, liberal reaction to tiptoe around a lot of subjects which I think is its own form of insult.”

September 26, 2011

The Millions Interview: Nikolai Grozni on Music, Misfits, and Mythology 1

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“I love the first person, in writing, in music, and in life. All great modern novels, as far as I am concerned, are in the first person.”

September 8, 2011

Robert Birnbaum and Darin Strauss 3

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“I wanted to write about the young me as I would write about a character in a novel. And look at all that person’s flaws and hold them up to the light. Because I think that’s what we get out of good fiction, too. Good fiction teaches you how to live.”

September 1, 2011

It’s All For Keeps: David Vann on Truth, Fiction, and How We Find Out Who We Are 4

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“I do have the same sense about my real life that I have about my fiction, which is that I make all these decisions but I have no idea why I’m doing what I’m doing. That life is essentially shaped by the unconscious in the same way that fiction is.”

August 17, 2011

The Millions Interview: Geoff Dyer on the London Riots, the Great War, and the Gray Lady 7

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“I always have faith in this idea that if I remain honest and open about my own confusion, the blurriness of my impressions – it’s not because I’m short-witted or stupid – the chances are those feelings will be shared by other people.”

August 10, 2011

Homage vs. Rip-off: An Interview with Lev Grossman and a Guide to Literary Allusions in The Magician King 14

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“When people think you’ve plagiarized from another writer, rather than alluded to them, the reaction is extreme. They get angry. It’s a dangerous game; you have to get it right.”

July 12, 2011

The Story in the Storm: An Accomplished Author on How to Write Journalistic Nonfiction 3

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If the narrative isn’t unfolding the way you want it, you can’t just change the details to make it better, the way you would when writing fiction. You have to represent the truth.

July 6, 2011

The Millions Interview: Eleanor Henderson 1

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Henderson’s novel recalls all the sweat and fury of coming of age for anyone who dove into a mosh pit, or just fell for somebody who did.